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Mindful Knitting looks at the art of knitting from a Buddhist perspective. Exploring the parallels between knitting and meditation, this book will instruct the reader how knitting can be a tool for contemplation. It explores the benefits of engaging in knitting in a mindful way, presents simple meditation exercises, and provides clear, easy-to-follow project instructions that complement and expand upon each meditation theme. The book includes lessons on meditation and knitting; knitting as process, not goal; knitting and enjoying everyday, simple pleasures; and engaging in the knitting community.

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"The latest addition to the growing shelf of spiritual crafts books offers a purl of a connection: Buddhism and knitting. A 'dharma brat' — child of American Buddhists who were students of the popular Tibetan teacher Chgyam Trungpa — and a knitter since age nine, when she left lots of unmatched mittens around the house, Manning has grown into a contemplative craftswoman. She rightly sees that the repetitive, rhythmic character of knitting is as much an ideal contemplative activity as is bead-telling or chanting. Knitting and meditation both necessitate careful, focused attention. The Buddhist meditation Manning is familiar with requires a focus on the breath; knitting requires focus on the stitch. Containing essays that preface 10 knitting projects ordered by difficulty, this short book is long on practicality. The author's tone ('When we meditate, we give ourselves a gift of time') makes it a friendly introduction to crafting and contemplation. Though beginners may need an additional reference for techniques, the book includes helpful and accessible glossaries of knitting and meditation terms. Devoting more space to knitting instructions than spiritual musings, the book's spirituality is not deep, but many readers will enjoy 'casting on' to the patterns of wisdom contained herein. (July 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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10 practical projects for all skill levels

Synopsis:

Mindful Knitting looks at the art of knitting from a Buddhist perspective. Exploring the parallels between knitting and meditation, this book instructs the reader in how knitting can be a tool for contemplation. It explores the benefits of engaging in knitting in a mindful way, presents simple meditation exercises, and provides clear, easy-to-follow project instructions that complement and expand upon each meditation theme.

About the Author

Tara Jon Manning is a contributing designer to knitting magazines, books, and yarn companies. She owns and operates Tara Handknitting Designs, a web-based business offering original design patterns and handknitting kits, and she conducts workshops and classes from her Boulder, Colorado, studio.

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susan beth, December 13, 2008 (view all comments by susan beth)
As a long-time knitter who has studied Buddhism for several years, I can truly say that Tara Jon Manning has melded the practice of the two beautifully. I've never been able to sustain a sitting meditation practice, but I think I will be able to using her method. I'm eager to try!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804835435
Subtitle:
Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft
Author:
Manning, Tara Jon
Author:
Manning, Bill
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Meditation
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Needlework - Knitting
Subject:
General Crafts & Hobbies
Subject:
Handicraft - Religious aspects - Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20301231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 line drawings and 14 color photos; 10
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
800x700

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The latest addition to the growing shelf of spiritual crafts books offers a purl of a connection: Buddhism and knitting. A 'dharma brat' — child of American Buddhists who were students of the popular Tibetan teacher Chgyam Trungpa — and a knitter since age nine, when she left lots of unmatched mittens around the house, Manning has grown into a contemplative craftswoman. She rightly sees that the repetitive, rhythmic character of knitting is as much an ideal contemplative activity as is bead-telling or chanting. Knitting and meditation both necessitate careful, focused attention. The Buddhist meditation Manning is familiar with requires a focus on the breath; knitting requires focus on the stitch. Containing essays that preface 10 knitting projects ordered by difficulty, this short book is long on practicality. The author's tone ('When we meditate, we give ourselves a gift of time') makes it a friendly introduction to crafting and contemplation. Though beginners may need an additional reference for techniques, the book includes helpful and accessible glossaries of knitting and meditation terms. Devoting more space to knitting instructions than spiritual musings, the book's spirituality is not deep, but many readers will enjoy 'casting on' to the patterns of wisdom contained herein. (July 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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10 practical projects for all skill levels
"Synopsis" by , Mindful Knitting looks at the art of knitting from a Buddhist perspective. Exploring the parallels between knitting and meditation, this book instructs the reader in how knitting can be a tool for contemplation. It explores the benefits of engaging in knitting in a mindful way, presents simple meditation exercises, and provides clear, easy-to-follow project instructions that complement and expand upon each meditation theme.
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